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ERIC Number: EJ935350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
The Japanese Assistant Teacher Program in Western Australia: A Consideration of the Pros and Cons
Hasegawa, Hiroshi
Babel, v45 n2-3 p17-24 2011
It is quite common for Australian schools introducing Japanese as a foreign language to engage native Japanese volunteers to assist in the classroom using a collaborative team-teaching approach. These volunteer Japanese assistant teachers, commonly referred to as Japanese Assistant Teachers (JATs), are an indispensable asset to school language programs. This service is overwhelmingly attractive to school language teachers in general and worth the time sacrifice required for the associated administrative tasks. In some cases, however, this teaching trend can give rise to educational problems within and outside the Japanese learning environment. This paper addresses the current trend of the JAT program in schools in Western Australia (WA), which has not yet been explored fully, and discusses the distinctive benefits and pitfalls of the existing JAT program. In particular, the focus is on their performance and the extent of their influence on Japanese language educational programs. This is a developmental project that precedes a potential next stage involving large-scale, quantitative research at State and/or national level that may contribute further useful insights into the JAT program. (Contains 3 tables.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail: president@afmlta.asn.au; e-mail: editor@afmlta.asn.au; Web site: http://www.afmlta.asn.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia